Creative Leadership Program

How do I discover the creative confidence within, to lead change?

Program Vision

University of Commons invites aspirants to a 8-week, part-time, experiential learning program, designed to encourage youthful Indians to take initial steps towards active citizenship. Through carefully crafted workshops, immersions and impactathons in the social development space, the program seeks to inspire one on a journey to realize the creative leader within her/himself.

During the program we listen to and learn from stories and experiences that triggered ordinary young Indians to strive to solve important social problems in creative and powerful ways. We immerse ourselves in various contexts and communities that are focused on social inclusion, environment conservation, waste management, women empowerment etc.

The immersions and impactathons serve to build empathy and bridge the gap between young talent and India’s social leadership needs. Through our workshops and collaboration sessions we learn to look at ways to explore social systems and inspire participants to design and visualize a purposeful journey of their own – towards relevance and impact.

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Registrations Open

Next batch starts on April 7th, 2018

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Program Outline

Phase 1 – Seeing & Learning

The first phase of the program is active involvement in dialogues with fellow participants, facilitators, and experts. The focus would be on exposure and discovery of the participant’s role as active citizens. The themes covered are

  • Leadership through commoning
  • Ways of Seeing: Understanding perspectives
  • Handling complexity, vulnerability & discomfort

Phase 2 – Doing & Learning

The second phase is more involved and gets deeper into the process of learning through doing. The themes covered are

  • Volunteering
  • Social Impactathon
  • Kick-starting a micro-initiative

Phase 3 – Creative Envisioning

The third phase is one where participants reflect upon their experiences and work towards nurturing their creative spirit to weave together a visionary social fiction and commit to the cause of commoning.

  • Inspiration from commoners around
  • Process of approaching complex problems
  • Social Fiction: Imagining powerful narratives

Program Facilitators

Prem S
Facilitator | UoC
Satyam Gambhir
Commoner | UoC
Arvind Thampi
Program Design | UoC

Program Mentors

Vishnu Soman
Community Head, Enable India
Dilip Pattubala
Co-Founder, Sukhibhava
Deepthi Kamath
Co-Founder, I Got Crops
Prashant Mehra
Co-Founder & Chief Architect,
Mansoor Gous
Founder, Clean City Recyclers Association
Khushboo Awasthi
Co-Founder and CEO, Mantra4Change

Program Outcomes

Aware Youth

Socially conscious, empathetic and active citizens of the future

Systemic Thinkers

Confidence to tackle social complexities and find deeper, more meaningful interventions

Skilled Individuals

Skilled individuals equipped to take up responsible roles in community building

Active Commoners

Direct entry to pitch your change-making idea at the “Communities Of The Future” Summit that brings together policy makers, social venture donors, and thought leaders

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step” ~ Lao Tzu

Apply Now

Registrations Open

Next batch starts on April 7th, 2018


  • The overall program was great! It showed that reason behind our presence matters than any other details.
    Engineering Graduate from PESIT
  • I have gained confidence to face challenges and start working on them. I would like to work in the field of education and bring some change by building an interest based education system.
    Student @ Jain University | Poet
  • The Creative Leadership Program was really good, the best things about the program was how it was designed. It included all the things which were needed, and according to me for the first time the program delivered what it promised. It moved me totally.
    PhD Scholar | General Secretory, Students Council @ IISc
  • The Creative Leadership Program is really a good platform to explore our leadership qualities. It exposed me to various ground realities of society and immersions were really insightful. I got to know ground realities, about change makers, their journey, which was inspirational.
    Student @ Dayanand Sagar College
  • Structure of program was quite interesting and it keeps the participants engaged. Some of the experiences were really amazing. Kind of people we met during this program were inspiring and true leaders.
    Chairman, Student Council | PhD Scholar @ IISc